Welcome to the Theatre Dictionary’s conversation about the term sung through.

On sung through’s official page, we define the term as “a musical where all (or almost all) of the text is rendered in song.” But now we want to know what the term sung through means to you. You can use the comments section to tell us.

— What’s your all-time favorite dialog-free musical? I admit to having a soft spot for Evita–I frequently screeched along to the original Broadway cast recording when I was a lonely teen.

— Have you ever had the “Is it a sung-through musical or an opera?” debate with friends? What was the show in question?

— Are there any sung-through musicals that you think could be improved by adding dialog? What are they?

If you’d like to make a video of your own about the term sung through, then we’d love to hear from you! Just email us through our contact page. Tell us about yourself and why you want to make a video. We’ll be in touch ASAP and give you details on how to add your video to the Theatre Dictionary!


Mark Blankenship, Theatre Dictionary editor